Tony and Grammy award-winner Leslie Odom Jr. – Hamilton’s Aaron Burr – teamed up with RepresentUs, a fiercely nonpartisan anti-corruption organization, to remix his iconic Hamilton anthem “Wait for It” in a new public service announcement.
Singing a cappella and interspersed with dialogue, the star urges Americans to be patient and wait to get final election results.
In the video, Odom Jr. is joined by everyday Americans – from service members and teachers to firefighters and nurses – as well as Amy Schumer, Ed Helms, Alysia Reiner, Jeri Ryan, Dawn-Lyen Gardner, and Piper Perabo, all of whom urge the public to wait. The video was created by award-winning Director and Editor Alexander Hammer.
This message is critical: With a massive increase in mail-in ballots, Americans may not know results in key states for over a week – but many are still expecting results on or shortly after Election Night.
“Look, this is pretty clear. Every American who voted deserves to have their voice heard,” said Odom Jr. “In this historic election, millions of you mailed your ballots or dropped them off – and all of you deserve to be counted. It may take time, but your vote is worth waiting for. And I’m willing to wait for it.”
President Trump has repeatedly claimed that we must have final results on Election Night, setting up false expectations for millions of Americans and laying the groundwork to try and prematurely stop the vote count.
“Our Founding Fathers led a revolution to secure our right to vote. And many Americans are still fighting it. Our votes are sacred, and counting our votes is solemn. This year, Americans across the political spectrum need to be ready to ‘Wait for it,’” said Joshua Graham Lynn, President and Co-Founder of RepresentUs.
RepresentUs, through its VoteSafe and County Every Hero coalitions, has been countering misinformation about voter fraud and pushing public awareness about the need for safe and secure elections, and the critical importance of counting every vote.